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Jan 19, 2018


The History of Glenkinchie Distillery

A Classic Malt of the Lowlands.  As the distillery is so close to Edinburgh it is sometimes known as "The Edinburgh Malt."

In 1837, John and George Rate were the first recorded licence holders of Glenkinchie Distillery. They ceased production at Glenkinchie in 1853 but the premises were opened again in 1890 when a consortium of brewers, blenders and wine merchants from Edinburgh and Leith reformed the Glenkinchie Distillery Co Ltd.

The new owners rebuilt the premises but retained Glenkinchies 2 Lampglass Stills, the classic Lowland type of Still. They remain the largest stills to produce any of Scotlands malt whiskies.

In 1914, the company was one of five lowland malt whisky distilleries to form Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd to concentrate their resources during a time of recession.  Scottish Malt Distillers then became part of United Distillers and subsequently, part of Diageo.

Despite the war years, when production ceased or was limited, Glenkinchie continued to produce a classic lowland malt.

The malting floors at Glenkinchie closed in 1968 and a museum was built in its place which features a one-sixth scale model of a distillery which had been on display in the Palace of Industry at the British Empire Exhibition in 1923-25.  The model still has pride of place in the museum at the visitors centre.

The present staff are most welcoming and this is one of the best distillery tours in Scotland.  The whisky is a bit special too! 

For full details click on the link below which will take you to Diageo's main site:

Sample Itinerary for Glenkinchie Distillery Tour

11.00am    Coach/Minibus to Pentcaitland - Glenkinchie Distillery

12.00am    Arrive at Glenkinchie

12.15pm    Exclusive and Guided Tour of Distillery with special Nosing/tasting event

1.45pm      Lunch at local hotel

2.45pm      Special Whisky Tasting

3.45pm      Return to Edinburgh

The first tour to Glenkinchie was made very special by our Norwegian friends and more will be arranged in 2013, so check out the "News" pages.

In addition, a walk can be added. See example under Whisky Walks section.

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